Dunn Legal Fellow at ACLU



Entry Level

Richmond, VA, USA

$41.600 - $67.321

30 Dec → 29 Jan

Job Description


The Legal Fellow will participate in developing and executing litigation and other legal advocacy strategies to achieve the ACLU-VA’s strategic priorities to advance civil liberties and civil rights in Virginia. The Legal Fellow will also participate in non-litigation advocacy, including supporting legislative work, participating in public speaking engagements, and drafting press or public education materials.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in case selection and development, including conducting factual and legal research, evaluating legal theory and strategy, identifying and analyzing potential claims, determining possible plaintiffs and defendants, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, preparing internal memoranda, drafting demand letters, and assisting with researching and drafting potential pleadings and briefs
  • Participate in selected litigation before state or federal court or administrative agencies, including assistance in drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and correspondence; assistance with conducting discovery; assistance with trying cases; and assistance with preparing materials for appeals
  • Speak at public forums, meetings, and events on specific civil liberties and civil rights topics, as requested or as necessary
  • Assist in the implementation of legal program policies, procedures, and systems – such as the intake and case selection process; case management process; paper and electronic filing systems; and legal docket
  • Participate in the review and consideration of intakes and other requests for assistance received by the ACLU of Virginia; conduct research or factual follow-up as necessary, and propose and/or consider recommendations for additional action
  • Implement non-litigation legal strategies as appropriate, including preparing advocacy letters, know-your-rights guides, or other legal advocacy materials

Requirements / Qualifications

  • D. from an accredited law school

  • Membership in good standing with the Virginia State Bar obtained within a reasonable time

  • Commitment to the mission and values of the ACLU of Virginia, particularly including racial justice and civil rights issues and an understanding that these issues are central to overall protection of civil

  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties issues, and criminal justice reform matters

  • Familiarity with office technology and information systems, including databases, case management software, digital legal research sources, online communications, and word processing

  • Ability to speak and/or write in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic or other language spoken by a language minority in Virginia is a plus

How To Apply

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